Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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Nikon AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Lens Review
SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
6 June 2009
Summary: Nikon AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED is a pretty decent, but otherwise not very spectacular performer. The lens showcases very solid resolving capabilities in the 80-200mm zoom range, but struggles in the 300-400mm range, where image quality around borders shows the most degradation.
Conclusion: For the price, Nikon should do better and this lens is probably due for an upgrade. The performance at the long end is disappointing to say the least and the vibration reduction has long since been superseded.
Pros: Good performance at the wide end., VR works on static subjects., Build quality is good and handling is natural
Cons: Long end performance disappointing., VR not suitable for moving subjects, Pricy for the performance
Excerpt: This super telephoto zoom from Nikon costs around £1168 and has a Vibration Reduction system that should allow hand-held shots to be taken at shutter speeds thee stops lower than without. The lens is an older design, and such doesn't have a motor built-in.
Pros: Good build quality, Vibration reduction, Not too heavy
Cons: Optical performance not as good I I would expect from a lens of this calibre, Slow autofocus, Fiddly manual/autoocus control, Chromatic aberration at 400mm
Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR D - Review / Lab Test Report
29 June 2009
Conclusion: The Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR is a decent performer but it also comes with a few glitches. Optically the lens shows a very good but not exceptional resolution characteristic except at 400mm at wide-open aperture where the borders could be a little better.
Excerpt: Компактный, легкий и превосходно сбалансированный телеобъектив, способный формировать безупречное по качеству изображение даже при съемке «с рук». Прочная конструкция, оптический стабилизатор VR с двумя режимами работы, круглая 9-лепестковая диафрагма, оптическая схема с тремя элементами из...